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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With more than 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 





Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
September 1, 2015
Aggregate Construction
Alderman Companies
American Well Services
Bolttech Mannings, Inc.
City of Belfield
City of Williston- Public Works
Cole Papers Inc
DSI Design Solutions & Integration
Flament- Ulman Inc
Graycor Blasting Company Inc.
Hefty Seed Mohall
Key Contracting, Inc
ND Department of Corrections
ND Risk Management Division
ND State Penitentiary
Park Construction
Pinnacle Testing Services
POET
Power & Industrial Services
Sitting Bull College
Systran Inc
Wisco/Gibsons
 
Renewing Members as of 
September 1, 2015
American Machine & Engineering
Aspen Environmental Services
Belle Fourche Pipeline
Bolttech Mannings, Inc.
Cummins Npower
Pinky's Aggregates, Inc.
Strata Corporation
 


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Fatal Crashes are on the Rise -
Follow these tips to reduce your risk this Labor Day weekend

September 4, 2015 - According to the ND Highway Patrol, 94 people have died on our roadways this year - that's 19 more people than last year at this same time. An estimate by the National Safety Council shows the U.S. is on pace for the deadliest driving year since 2007.

Because Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest driving weekends of the year, we offer these tips to keep you and your employees safe on the road:

  1. BUCKLE UP! And make sure every passenger buckles, too.
  2. Don't Drink & Drive. Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation.
  3. Avoid Fatigued Driving. Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
  4. Eyes on the ROAD! Never text or talk on the phone behind the wheel, even if it's hands-free.
  5. Set Passenger Restrictions for Teens. One additional young passenger in the vehicle can increase a teen driver's fatal crash risk by 44%.
  6. Move Over! It is the LAW to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles - this includes any law enforcement, fire, ambulance, and even tow trucks.
  7. Slow Down! For every 10 mph over 50 mph, your risk of a fatal crash doubles..
  8. Be Smart About Cruise Control. Turn your cruise control OFF in adverse conditions, including fog, rain, snow and icy conditions.
  9. Remember the 3-Second PLUS Rule, and add one or more seconds for each factor that causes deteriorated driving conditions (fog, rain, etc).
  10. Beware at Intersections. Traffic regulations only state who must yield right-of-way, but a defensive driver yields whenever necessary.

For more driver safety tips or training resources, contact our Traffic Safety Department at (701) 223-6372.



Ready Campaign Launches 2015 National Preparedness Month

September 4, 2015 - "Don't wait" to plan for an emergency. That's the message of this year's National Preparedness Month campaign, which will run throughout September.

The initiative from FEMA's Ready Campaign offers numerous resources for preparing for various disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes and winter storms. Resources include a digital engagement toolkit, a template for an emergency communication plan and guides to prepare for specific events. Materials are available in various languages, including Spanish.

Each week of the month will have a different theme:

  • Week 1: Floods
  • Week 2: Wildfires
  • Week 3: Hurricanes
  • Week 4: Power outages
  • Week 5: Lead-up to Sept. 30, National PrepareAthon! Day

The campaign provides the following steps to create an emergency communication plan:

  • Ensure all family members can receive emergency alerts and warnings.
  • Talk about disaster plans and decide where to go.
  • Save family members' contact information.
  • Choose a safe place for the family to meet during an emergency.
  • Have every family member carry the emergency information and keep a copy in the home.
  • Practice the emergency plan.

For more information on emergency preparedness, contact Rachael Bucholz at (701) 223-6372 or RachaelB@ndsc.org.



NDSC, Hess Sponsor Free Training
for Communities and First Responders

September 1, 2015 – Hess Corporation is partnering with the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) to provide free training designed to prepare communities and emergency personnel to safely and confidently respond to oil and gas emergencies. This training will be provided in conjunction with the 2015 Southwest Region EMS Conference, Saturday, September 26 in Medora.

“We’re proud to partner with the NDSC and EMS Association. We have a safety-first culture where our ultimate goal is zero incidents. First responders are critical to this state and we hope this training provides them with some of the tools they need to safely respond in the event of an oil and gas emergency,” says Steve McNally, Bakken General Manager for Hess.

The unique oil and gas track covers a broad range of topics, including Confined Space Rescue for Oil and Gas Emergencies; Crude Oil by Rail; HazMat Size-Up; Pipeline Emergency Response Using Unified Incident Command; and Managing Multiple Casualty Incidents. Plus, Sanford AirMed will bring a helicopter on site to teach a hands-on landing zone safety course. During this session, attendees will learn proper communication and procedures involved with preparing a remote landing zone.

“Responding to oil and gas emergencies requires specialized training that is hard to find in North Dakota. We want to make this training easily accessible to communities so they can properly respond to these incidents and arrive home safely after each call,” says Chuck Clairmont, NDSC executive director.

Attendees including law enforcement, county emergency managers and firefighters will receive this training at no cost after reimbursement through a special grant provided by Hess Corporation.

Click here to review the conference brochure or go to
www.ndemsa.org to register.
For questions on the reimbursement grant, call (800) 932-8890.


State Farm Grant Helps Provide Affordable Driver Safety Training
 
September 1, 2015 – The most dangerous year of a person’s life is the first year they learn to drive. With school back in session, a wave of new teen drivers are hitting the road to drive themselves to class, sporting events and other school activities. The NDSC and State Farm are working to improve teen driver safety in North Dakota through affordable driver safety training.
 
Tuesday, September 1 State Farm presented the NDSC with a $15,000 grant to use toward providing Alive at 25 training in North Dakota. More than $1,000 will be dedicated to training young drivers in the Beulah area. An Alive at 25 course will be held Oct. 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Beulah High School. Area drivers under the age of 25 can attend this course for $15, a $35 discount off the regular course fee.
 
Alive at 25 is a 4.5 hour Defensive Driving Course designed to reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities for young drivers. The course focuses on behaviors, decision-making, and unique risks these drivers face every time they get behind the wheel.
 
“The school year can be a dangerous time for young drivers. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to enroll their children in a class that is proven to reduce their risk of being involved in a fatal car crash,” says NDSC Traffic Safety Coordinator Terry Weaver.
 
Students can register at www.ndsc.org/aliveat25. Those who complete the course are eligible for an insurance discount and point reduction in North Dakota.
 

NDSC Unveils New Member Benefit

August 13, 2015 - We’ve partnered with Sanford OccMed to provide considerable new benefits to our members! All NDSC Members now receive free or discounted services from Sanford OccMed, including:

  • Audiograms
  • Respirator Fit Test (Qualitative & Quantitative)
  • Job Function Analysis
  • Respiratory Clearance Exam with PFT
  • Profile Discount
  • Annual Health Talk
  • Noise Testing/Dosimetry

Click here to learn more about NDSC member benefits, or reach out to our membership department at (800) 932-8890 or membership@ndsc.org.



News You Can Use


395 people may be killed over Labor Day weekend, NSC estimates
September 4, 2015 - Staying alert and driving defensively could help prevent some of the 395 motor vehicle-related deaths and 47,800 serious injuries the National Safety Council estimates will occur over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Kids younger than 12 misusing prescription drugs, study suggests
September 4, 2015 - More than 10 percent of children have illegally used another individual's prescription medication, and an increasing number are doing so at a younger age, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.

Ready Campaign launches 2015 National Preparedness Month
September 4, 2015 -  "Don't wait" to plan for an emergency.

FMCSA grants hours-of-service exemption to hazmat drivers
September 4, 2015 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted an hours-of-service exemption to truck drivers who transport hazardous materials.

'Healthy workplace' webinars scheduled
September 4, 2015 - Registration is open for two free webinars hosted by the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, one of four national "Centers for Excellence" in the NIOSH Total Worker Health program.

Study links workforce health to community health
September 4, 2015 - Should employers extend their corporate health strategies to the surrounding community? New research suggests that a workforce's health may have a direct relationship with the health of the community in which it is located.

OSHA to host webinar on Hazard Communication Standard
September 4, 2015 - OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication are sponsoring a free webinar to explain the inspection procedures for OSHA's recently updated Hazard Communication Standard.

Nurses association: It's time to end workplace violence, bullying
S
eptember 4, 2015 - Declaring that the nursing profession will "no longer tolerate" workplace violence, the American Nurses Association has issued a position statement urging employers and workers to create a culture of respect.

OSHA announces Susan Harwood grant recipients, responds to grant cut threat
September 4, 2015 - In the face of an attempt to eliminate funding for OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, the agency announced Sept. 2 that $10.5 million has been awarded to organizations to help train vulnerable workers.

Drive Safely Work Week is Oct. 5-9
August 28, 2015 - The annual Drive Safely Work Week, presented by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, is scheduled for Oct. 5-9.

 

For the full stories, visit the NDSC's News Page.
 


 

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The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.